onsdag 14. oktober 2020

Uyghurs regret the election of China to UN Human Rights Council

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is dismayed by the election of China to the UN Human Rights Council, and urges member states to take immediate steps to hold China accountable for ongoing and egregious abuses targeting Uyghurs.

“Governments committing genocide shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Human Rights Council,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat. "It's clear from the vote, however, that China has been losing the confidence of the international community over time."

China received only 139 votes from UN member states in comparison to 180 in 2016. Last week, 39 member states at the Third Committee delivered a statement, led by the German delegation, expressing grave concern about the situation in East Turkistan. The Chinese government blocks UN human rights investigations, intimidates victims who try to bring cases to the UN, and uses its power and influence to exclude or limit the voice of civil society, putting pressure on UN staff to hide or suppress reports from Uyghur and Tibetan organisations.